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36                             LETTERS   FROM   THE

inde amor et connubium*    Madame de Sillery contri*
buted to the success of the artifice.

The extravagance of the French is scarcely
credible, and nothing in England ever equalled it,
at least that I ever heard o The trousseau of
Mademoiselle de Matignon, who is going to marry
the Baron de Montmorency, is to cost a hundred
thousand crowns (about 25,000 sterling). There
are to be a hundred dozen of shifts, and so on in
proportion. The expense here of rigging out a
bride is equal to a handsome portion in England;
five thousand pounds' worth of lace, linen and
gowns is a common thing among them.

6th. Countess d'Albanie and Prince Czarto-
rinsky drank tea with us. The season is so mild
that the wood-merchants are quite in despair.

8th. At Versailles to the Duchess de Polig-
nac's. The with Mrs. S. and F, where there was
dancing. The Queen very gracious | she danced
with Lord Strathaven.

The Princess de Lamballe is ill from a bruise
on her head, which she got at Raincy by a fall in
romping with the little Count de Beaujolois. She
is said to be quite a Messalina.

The Queen is reported to have taken to devo-
tion and ordered no more meat to be served on
fast days at her table. The truth is that Madame